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Every child has the right to an education, an estimated 130 million girls around the world are not in school, and those who are, struggle to remain in the classroom – where they belong.

And yet, it’s proven that when girls achieve an education, they have the opportunity to write their own future

Barriers to girls' education

Girls education infographic: 6 barriers to girls' education: Poverty, lack of safe, private Girls-Only latrines, Gender inequality, Child marriage and early pregnancy, violence, long distance to school.

What’s keeping girls out of school?

Many barriers prevent girls from receiving the education they deserve. Most of these obstacles are unimaginable to many of us here in Canada, but for millions of girls in developing countries, it’s a daily reality. These include:

How to get girls back in the classroom

Plan International’s Because I am a Girl initiative works with communities around the world to support girls’ education in the following ways:

  • Provide equal access to education by developing gender-sensitive learning environments for girls
  • Educate boys and men about gender equality by engaging them in promoting girls’ and women’s rights
  • Keep schools safe for girls by providing them with a learning environment that’s free of violence, abuse and bullying
  • Provide school feeding programs that keep girls’ stomachs full, their brains active and offer parents incentives to send their daughters to school
  • Give girls financial standing, independence and income through village savings and loans associations (VSLA), vocational training programs and girls’ scholarships
  • Challenge gender roles and stereotypes by running information sessions that raise awareness at home and in the community on the importance of girls’ rights and gender equality


The facts on girls' education

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How YOU can help

Supporting girls’ education is one of the single best investments we can make to help end poverty. It will save lives. It will transform futures. It will unleash the incredible potential of girls and their communities.

Invest in girls and change the world.

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